In an article about war writing by soldiers in the current issue of The New Yorker, George Packer notes there seems to be a lag time of about five years between deployment and publication.
A lot of recent war literature by American war veterans has been from Iraq, but now the Afghanistan vets are coming out with their literary achievements. Colin D. Halloran
's work, who will read at the South End branch this coming Tuesday, April 8, falls within that category.
After serving with the US Army there, Halloran became a secondary English and French teacher while
completing his MFA at Fairfield University.
He also finished his debut poetry collection, Shortly Thereafter
, and developed a lecture/workshop series on the subject of understanding war through poetry. He works with students and teachers, and is an advocate for veterans and civilian education on veteran issues. His Shortly Thereafter
won the 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Award.
The event is free. Seating is limited. Authors reading next at the South End Library are listed below. The library is fully handicapped-accessible.
Tuesday, April 29:
Anita Shreve, award-winning author of numerous books of fiction, including the international bestseller The Pilot’s Wife, which was made into a movie of the same name and was an Oprah Book Club selection. Her new novel, Stella Bain, has just come out to excellent reviews in the Boston Globe.
Wednesday, May 14:
Pablo Medina, an acclaimed Cuban-American poet (The Man who Wrote on Water) and novelist, whose latest book, Cubop City Blues, just came out in paperback. The South End resident has received fellowships from the Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, state arts councils of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. =====
Tuesday, May 20:
South End author Wendy Wunder (The Probability of Miracles) will return to talk about her latest novel, due out in April 2014, called The Museum of Intangible Things. She teaches writing at the non-profit writing center, Grub Street, and yoga at various locations in the Boston area.
Tuesday, June 10:
William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.